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AUSTIN, Texas — A white, middle-aged gunman, in what appears to be a politically motivated anti-government attack linked to immigration, fired more than a hundred rounds at buildings in downtown Austin early Friday and tried to set fire to the Mexican consulate before he died of a gunshot wound.

 

Police identified the gunman as 49-year-old Larry Steven McQuilliams and said he had a criminal record. No details were immediately released about his background.

 

Police were investigating whether he was killed by a police officer who fired at him in front of police headquarters or died of a self-inflicted gunshot.

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A prominent Arab government thinks so.

 

By Daniel Pipes

We who follow the Islamist movement fell off our collective chair on November 15, when the news came that the United Arab Emirates’ ministerial cabinet had listed the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) as one of 83 proscribed terrorist organizations, up there with the Taliban, al-Qaeda, and ISIS.

This came as a surprise because the UAE authorities themselves have a record of promoting Islamism; because CAIR has a history of raising funds in the UAE; and because the UAE embassy in Washington had previously praised CAIR.

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Al-Qaeda militants in Yemen claim they have detonated two bombs outside the US Embassy in the capital, Sana’a, killing several guards, a US-based monitoring group says. 

The SITE Intelligence Group quoted an al-Qaeda-linked Twitter account as saying on Saturday that the militants set off remote-controlled explosive devices at the northern gate of the US Embassy on Thursday night. 

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Yesterday's Jumat prayer at the Kano Central Mosque turned bloody when gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists stormed the mosque and detonated three bombs inside. The terrorists thereafter opened fire on the worshippers killing 35 people in the Mosque located next to the palace of the Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi.

But the Emir was not around during the attack. In a swift reaction, President Goodluck Jonathan extended heartfelt condolences to the people and Government of Kano State over the heinous attack.

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Four Islamic State militants blew themselves up in Kobane, one detonating a car bomb at the Mursitpinar border crossing, having apparently come into the besieged city from Turkey.

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Hackers attacked Sony Pictures Entertainment's electronic systems earlier this week, and the studio is now investigating whether the culprits may have ties to North Korea.

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By CNN, 

Like a wounded animal lashing out in fury, ISIS is betraying hints of desperation in its latest video, which purportedly shows the aftermath of the beheading of U.S. Hostage Peter Kassig analysts said Sunday.

And if there's news worse than the apparent brutal death of Kassig, it's that we should expect even more vicious videos to come from the group, also known by the acronym ISIL, said Haras Rafiq of the Quiliam Foundation, an anti-extremist think tank.

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Washington – US led air strikes hit 10 units of Islamic State fighters in Syria in recent days, as well as militants with the al-Qaida-linked Khorasan Group, US Central Command said in a statement on Friday.

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Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON — The number of felony suspects fatally shot by police last year — 461— was the most in two decades, according to a new FBI report.

The justifiable homicide count, contained in the FBI's annual Uniform Crime Report, has become increasingly scrutinized in recent months as questions continue to be raised about the use of lethal force by law enforcement.

National attention has been drawn to cases from New York to Albuquerque, though much of the focus is on Ferguson, Mo., where the restive St. Louis suburb awaits the decision of a grand jury weighing the fatal shooting in August of a black teenager by a white police officer.

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By JOAN LOWY Associated Press

More than a million small drone aircraft have been sold in the past few years, and a growing number of them are turning up in the skies near airports and airliners, posing a risk of collision. Reports of drone sightings near other planes, helicopters and airfields are reaching the government almost daily, say federal and industry officials.

It's a sharp increase from just two years ago when such reports were still unusual.

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Alex Fitzpatrick @alexjamesfitz  Nov. 13, 2014

Devices on planes said to simulate cell towers and trick phones into reporting data

The Justice Department is using equipment on board aircraft that simulates cell towers to collect data from criminal suspects’ cell phones, according to a report Thursday.

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By Mariano Castillo and Lindsay Isaac, CNN

(CNN) -- A foreign submarine recently trespassed in Swedish territory, officials there said Friday, but they couldn't say what country the vessel belonged to.

The Swedish military began an intense sweep of the waters off the coast of Stockholm more than three weeks ago.

On Friday, the Swedish Armed Forces announced that its investigation confirmed that a submarine was indeed in Swedish waters.

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Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said a new report fails to show that terrorism prevention centers are worth the federal funds used to run them.

 

“The fact that after seven years, we still cannot tell whether fusion centers are keeping us any safer means that DHS needs to take a long, hard look at whether it needs to stop funding projects that don’t advance its mission,” Coburn said Monday.

Coburn’s comments came as he released a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that showed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has failed to track the effectiveness of the millions spent to set up state fusion centers to combat terrorist threats.

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Violent crime in the United States decreased 4.4 percent in 2013 compared to 2012, a report released Tuesday by the FBI said.

The report, based on information submitted by 18,415 law enforcement agencies, found there were an estimated 1,163,146 violent crimes in 2013. There were 8,632,512 property crimes, down 4.1 percent from 2012.

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One of Brazil’s largest media outlets released a police document that purportedly shows links between the South American nation’s largest and most notorious gang and the Lebanon-based Islamist militant group Hezbollah – giving more credence to those who claim the Middle Eastern group is making inroads throughout Latin America.

The police documents, revealed by Brazilian media conglomerate O Globo, tell of links between weapon traffickers tied to Hezbollah and the Brazilian prison gang First Capital Command (PCC), in which traffickers operating in the tri-border region of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay supply weapons to the PCC in exchange for protection of inmates of Lebanese origin in Brazil’s prisons.

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Jeff Clabaugh

Broadcast/Web Reporter - Washington Business Journal

Chinese hackers are suspected to be behind the attack, the Washington Post reported.

The cyberattack, discovered in mid-September, did not include customer credit card information from its retail locations or online purchases.

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By Josh Levs, CNN

(CNN) -- Russia has announced plans to build new nuclear reactors in Iran -- a move with international repercussions as a deadline looms.

The country will construct up to eight new reactors for the "peaceful use of atomic energy" in Iran, Russian state news agency Ria-Novosti reported Tuesday.

The announcement came less than two weeks before Iran's negotiations with Western powers over its nuclear activities are set to expire.

It also came a day after a fresh warning from Israel that the regime can't be trusted, and a fresh promise from Washington that Iran won't become a nuclear-armed state.

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CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

LEO 
Police Intel Alert: Hackers plan attacks on Black Friday    

AVOID USING DEBIT CARDS

With the Black Friday shopping frenzy just around the corner, shoppers may be wondering whether there's anything they can do to protect themselves if another massive cyberattack takes place.

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Let’s start with what we know. JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) says a breach of its computer systems exposed the personal information of 76 million households and 7 million small businesses. The intrusion lasted from June until sometime in August, so hackers had more than a month to nose around. They accessed names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses, although the bank says there’s no evidence they compromised account information, passwords or Social Security numbers, Bloomberg Markets magazine will report in its December issue.

And keep in mind: JPMorgan is a giant, profitable bank with a reputation as one of the best companies in the world at cybersecurity.

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Defense officials are fearful that their personnel may be targeted after receiving public threats from terrorists operating in the Middle East

The American military is warning service members and their families to be a bit more vigilant amid threatens directed from or inspired by ISIS, according to a report on Thursday. 

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